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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights in Mexico

Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 12:00pm
Room 2226 of the Rayburn House Office Building


Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on human rights in Mexico.

Violence and human rights violations associated with Mexico’s drug war, including kidnappings, armed robbery, extortion, extrajudicial killings, and forced disappearances, have been on the rise in recent years. Yet the drug war is not the only cause of human rights violations in Mexico: Mexican law enforcement authorities have been found to employ arbitrary detention, torture, and forced confessions in other contexts. All of these abuses are compounded by widespread impunity in Mexico for criminal behavior by both private groups and government actors.

This hearing will examine human rights abuses in Mexico, evaluate the status of efforts to reform Mexico’s judiciary and police to bolster human rights protections and assess U.S. policy. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, Member of Congress and Co-Chair, TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf, Member of Congress and Co-Chair, TLHRC


Panel I

  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

Panel II

  • Nik Steinberg, Researcher, Human Rights Watch
  • Maureen Meyer, Senior Associate for Mexico and Central America, Washington Office on Latin America
  • Santiago Aguirre, Tlachinollan Human Rights Center

Nik Steinberg, Human Rights in Mexico
Santiago Aguirre, Human Rights in Mexico
Maureen Meyer, Human Rights in Mexico






112th Congress